11 arrests and 10 prosecutions in first 8 weeks of Tralee’s new text alert campaign

There’s been a noticeable rise in the number of arrests, prosecutions and house searches in Tralee since the launch of a pilot text alert scheme eight weeks ago.

That’s according to Sgt Tim O’Keeffe, who has hailed the ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign as a major success.

In a joint campaign with Tralee Chamber Alliance, members of the public were invited to send a text to a designated number, if they noticed anti-social behaviour in the town.

A total of 158 reports were received in the first eight weeks, relating to 103 separate incidents.

There was a ten percent increase in reports of anti-social behaviour, leading to an additional 11 arrests, ten prosecutions and two houses searches.

Sgt O’Keeffe says these tip-offs have made a real difference to the town: